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BROTHERLY LOVE: The Mata’utia boys – and friends – paying a visit to John Hunter Hospital’s Ronald McDonald House.IT would have been easy to start off my first column by reflecting on the pre-season, how hard we’ve trained, and how wellprepared we are for Sunday’s round-one clash with the Warriors.
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But I’m guessing you’ve heard that all before.

So instead I would like to take you behind the scenes and provide an insight into what some of my teammates, the Mata’utia boys, have been doing in their down time.

Since he arrived back from St George Illawarra midway through last season, Peter Mata’utia has played mainly as left-side centre, and more often than not I’ve been outside him on the left wing.

When we travel to away games and stay overnight, we’re roommates.

We’ve known each other for years, but in the past 12 months we’ve become really close friends, and I can only admire what he and his siblings Chanel, Pat and Sioneare trying to achieve in establishing theMata’utiaBrothersFoundation, which is in the final stagesof becoming a non-profit charity.

Their goal is to raise money for local sporting teams and the community in general.

In particular, they are hoping to sponsor aroom at Ronald McDonald house, so that families from outside the region are able to stay close to their sick children at no cost. Once the foundation is registered, they planto launch a website that will allow people to donate to what I believe is a really worthy cause.

The thing about the Mata’utias is that they genuinely care about people who have encountered toughtimes.

With four brothers and three sisters in the family, they had a humble upbringing and their mother,Matalena, worked two jobs to put food on the table.

They’ve been lucky enough that, through rugby league, they have been able to create a pathway for themselves, but they haven’t forgotten where they have come from, and the help and support they received along the way.

They love Newcastle, they’re very grateful for the position they are now in, and this is their way of saying thanks to the community.

It’s only in the early stages, but it would be nice to think that, through their foundation, they can leave a legacy for this city long after their playing days have finished.

More immediately, Peter and I have a job to do on Sunday, namely keeping the Warriors’ right edge – Tuimoala Lolohea andDavid Fusitua –contained.

There is a great feeling in the campat the moment, especially after our big win against Canberra in the trial match two weeks ago.

I’m sure every team is confident at this time of year but we know how hard we have trained, and how much everyone has improved.

It’s a relief that the pre-season is finally over and we can get down to business.

It’s going to be a big year for the Knights. I can’t wait for it to kick off.

Lake Macquarie coach Anthony Richards hasno illusions about how hard the step up to the Northern NSW National Premier League will be this year for his Roosters.
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NEW BLOOD: Former Jaffa Tom Smart, pictured in 2015, will return to the NPL with Lake Macquarie after a season off. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Which is one reason why Lake Macquarie will be out to win theinauguralHeritage Cup pre-season competitionthis Friday to Sunday.

“It’s a cup, it’s a competition, so we’ll have a crack at it,” Richards said.“It might be the only thing we win this year. It might be the only grand final we make, if we’re good enough toqualify.We’ve got nothing to lose. We’ll just look to go out and do the best we can in every game.”

A week out from the start of their return to the NPL, Lake Macquarie will be one ofseven first- and second-tier clubs with more than 100 years of history taking part in the Heritage Cup. Interdistrict clubMaryland Fletcher are playing in place of the defunct Minmi Rangers, who were the region’s first club.

The cup, also featuring NPL clubs Adamstown, Weston and Edgeworth, could be an early guide to how Lake Macquarie will handle their return to the top level.

Former Lambton JaffaTom Smart and the likes ofTom Sparre, Justin Broadley, goalkeeper Benn Kelly and Matt Toohey have joined the Roosters and will give them valuable state league/NPL experience, but Richards said “it might takes us a bit to get used to the pace”.

The Roosters were minor premiers in all grades of the second-tier last year and were the only club promoted for the new three-year NPL licencing period, taking the league from 10 to 11 clubs.

Despite that success, the additions and the retention of players like Sam Walker, Tom Walker, Blake Green, Steve Rospigliosiand Corey Fletcher, Richards said expectations were low for their first year back in the league since 2014.

“I don’t see us winning the comp but I just hope we’re competitive,” he said.“We know where we are at in the pecking order, so we are hoping to just get better as the year goes along. That’s our goal.”

The Roosters, who lost to major premiers Wallsend in the semi-finals last year,start the season away to Weston, the 2016 NPL wooden spooners, on Sunday, March 12.

On Friday, Lake Macquarie play Maryland Fletcher from 7.45pm in Pool B of the Heritage Cup at Adamstown.

They take on West Wallsend (11am) and Adamstown (4pm) in their other 60-minute pool games on Saturday in the quest to make the Sunday 10am grand final at Adamstown.

“Every game is difficult for us,” Richards said.“We missed out on a grand final last year in the NEWFM comp but we’ll have 20 of them this year.”

“We’ve pretty much kept the guys that we wanted, so we’re a happy bunch and the ones who have come into the club are known to the group already so that’s made it easier.”

The dark agents of espionage have long relied on toxic substances to eliminate their problems.
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I was reminded of this last week when evil North Korean dictatator Kim Jong-Il took the concept of “political poison”to another level with the fratricidal despatch of his half brother at KL airport.

Kim Jong-nam was wiped out with a dab of VX, the most potent of the known chemical warfare agents, sending a clear message to political dissidents everywhere –beware reality TV pranksters.

Not that the unsuspecting agents of this dirty deed done cheap had any idea they were about to kill someone.

They thought they were taking part in some reality TV hijinks. Dream come true (but not for Kim Jong-nam), it did end up on on CCTV, and it was real.

Speculation was rife in the aftermath that the use of VX indicated a new level of threat from Kim Jong-il, adding chemical warfare to his nukes and implausible denials.

But as the furore settles, the consensus seems to be that VX was used simply because it is so reliable –a handy consideration when you’re trying to kill someone.

Like most airport food, VXis clear, tasteless and odourless, and works by penetrating the skin. A dropcan kill in minutes.

Compare that to the three weeks it took radioactive polonium-210 to kill Russian ex-spy and investigator Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. Tardy.

A similar dose took out Russian businessman Roman Tsepov in September 2004.

The delivery system on this occasion was a cup of tea, which inducedvomiting and diarrhoea, suggesting Tsepov had also ingested airport food, only to pass away two weeks later in glowing non-health.

I don’t mean to make light of these dark moments, but history (Wikipedia) revealsa cavalcade of hits- some self-administered, others with non-consensual assistance– dating back to ancient times.

Casualites include Socrates (Hemlock), Cleopatra (asp) and more recently, Phar Lap (still not clear).

Other standouts involved the attractively named Abram Slutsky, head of the Soviet spy service, who was poisoned with hydrogen cyanide by the NKVD in 1938.

Japanese Kabuki actor Bandō Mitsugorō VIII ate no less than four livers of fugu fish to prove just how immune he was to their deadly delights, before promptly expiring.

And Sunni jihadi fighter Ibn al-Khattab died in 2004 via a poisoned letter sent from Russia, yet again, with no love at all.

Perhaps the more macabre interest lays in the list of political figures who MAY have been poisoned.

They include Yasser Arafat who died of cirrhosisof the liver, even though he was a non-drinker. True, you don’t have to drink to get cirrhosisbut it probably won’t hurt if you’re an enemy of Mossad.

Stalin was allegedly poisoned on the orders of his minion Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria who was later excecuted on the orders of Krushev. No one really cares how they went, just so long as they did.

And then there’s the numerous kings, queens and popes who have fallen foul of poisoned figs, apples, mushrooms, you name it – underlining just how unhealthy eating fruit and veg can be if you’re a VIP.

I don’t want to dwell on death, unnecessarily, but this trip down murderous-memory lane reallyresonated with me this week.

And not just because I am in the process of nominating a binding beneficiary for my super and the talk lately has been about my hypothetical, yet obviously appealing (to some) death.

Clearly, we all have to go some way, and it makes you wonder how you might be filed.

Under “A for assassination” perhaps (see above); or “D for death during consensual sex” (alleged luminaries who knocked off on the job includeBilly Sneddon and Matthew McConaughy’s dad); or maybe “O for announcing the wrong movie of the year at the Oscars”. Talk about La La Land, dying on stage and as an accountant, all at the same time.

But if it’sreal dramayou want, let’s talk “death by duelling” –an ignominious practice from days gone by, long banned, but quitepopular if you were a cad and a good shot.

In most situations, I’d probably take dishonour before death, because I’m a coward. Unlike the players who routinely chose pistols at dawn if they felt their good name sullied.

Amusing among a multitude of not-so-famous encounters is theshowdown between Missouri congressman Spencer Darwin Pettis and American miliitary heroThomas Biddle in 1831 on the aptly named Bloody Island.

When challenged by the feisty Pettis, Biddle, being short sighted, settled on pistols at a suicidal five paces. Records suggest their arms crossed as they blew each other into the hereafter.

A reliable ploy that even King Jong-il would applaud, if not for its bloody-minded stupidity, then surely its effectiveness.

Builder turns out tiny houses with an Aussie touch How’s the serenity?! Photo: Ben Messina Landscapes
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Frost has delivered his huts to sites across Queensland and into northern New South Wales. Photo: Ben Messina Landscapes

Inside the bush huts Neil Frost builds at Darra, in Brisbane’s west. Photo: Ben Messina Landscapes

Neil Frost of Timber Transitions who is building his 68th bush hut this week, a two-bedroom version with kitchen and bathroom featuring claw-foot bath, to be delivered to a rural property. Photo: Wendy Hughes

TweetFacebookWhat happens when the iconic outback slab hut meets with the simple-life philosophies behind modern minimalism and the tiny house movement?

In the case of Brisbane’s Neil Frost, the result is a hand-built, transportable “bush hut” that Queenslanders are swooping on as a weekend escape or even a place to call home.

As far as houses go, we’re talking the cheaper end of the market, with prices starting at $43,000 for a three-metre by six-metre cabin. Add a gas kitchen, bathroom and solar power, and the price is generally below $55,000 — even with delivery fees added.

The huts arrive like some huge handmade gadget, albeit one wafting Queensland blue gum and iron bark.

Frost has delivered his huts to sites across Queensland and into northern New South Wales. Photo: Ben Messina Landscapes

For transportation, the corrugated iron roof over the verandah folds down and the timber decking folds up, to be unfurled at the final resting place. Mr Frost finishes them with gnarly timber posts from a collection he’s amassed over the years in his outback travels.

It’s his deep-seated passion for timber and a fierce attention to detail that sets his hand-built huts apart from anything else on the market.

“I’ve just always loved timber; once it’s in your veins it just never goes away,” he said.

He said people responded to the character, uniqueness and even the fragrance.

“I know from people who’ve stayed in these buildings, they look at every board, they look at how wide that board is and the different grain in the wood … no two boards are ever the same, no tree is the same tree.”

He prefers the term “bush hut” to “tiny house” because he likes to incorporate a bit more space than some of the “claustrophobic” tiny house examples he’s seen.

But the motivating philosophy is perhaps the same behind those adopting a tiny house or a slab hut to live in – a simple life, a shedding of possessions, perhaps a more minimal existence with a gentler environmental footprint.

Neil Frost of Timber Transitions who is building his 68th bush hut this week, a two-bedroom version with kitchen and bathroom featuring claw-foot bath, to be delivered to a rural property. Photo: Wendy Hughes

Mr Frost was selling rustic timber furniture at weekend markets when he was commissioned to build a hut on a property in the outer suburbs or Brisbane five years ago. As he built it on site, the idea came to him that such a thing could be constructed in a factory, to be delivered whole. He’d even since gone back to school to get his road pilot’s licence, gesturing towards a ‘wide load’ sign on a truck at his Darra yard.

he off-grid factor — with the addition of solar panels — evolved as the orders began to flow in and he has employed an interior designer to finesse some of the finer details.

“They can leave here fully powered up with solar panels on the roof ready to go,” Mr Frost said.

“As I say to people, ‘I can even have a cold beer in the fridge for you when it gets there’ because they’re being powered up while they’re on the road.”

He and his team of builders at Timber Transitions, which includes son Richard, are constructing their 68th hut this month.

He says while the huts have been snapped up by tourism operators such as the luxury hotel brand, Spicers, orders are beginning to flow from people wanting to make them a home for themselves or for extended family.

Inside the bush huts Neil Frost builds at Darra, in Brisbane’s west. Photo: Ben Messina Landscapes

“We fall into thegranny flat area,” he said. “We’re building a two-bedroom one for exactly that at the moment.”

One couple moved into a hut on their property while their house was renovated … but decided to continue living in it even after the reno was done.

Another couple in the Scenic Rim bought two huts – one fitted with bedroom and kitchen, and the other with a full bathroom – for their daughter and son-in-law to live in.

Mr Frost will have display slab huts at this year’s Maleny Wood Expo (April 29 to May 1), CRT Farm Fest (June 6 to 8) and Mudgeeraba Show (June 24 to 25).

CHANGE IN STAGES: The Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange is at the centre of a plan to promote growth in the Glendale, Cardiff and Boolaroo areas.AN economic assessment of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange finds that each stage of the project would have overwhelmingly positive impacts on the suburbs involved for the next 30 years at least.
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The report by consultants Morrison Low was prepared for Lake Macquarie City Council and was recently posted on the council website for public consumption.

“Theeconomic assessment for the project scenarios was positive,” the report.

“Cost benefit analysis shows that benefits in reducing travel times and distances, improved road safety, cycling benefits and acceleration of land development will outweigh the capital and recurrent costs of the construction works.”

The estimated capital cost of remaining works were$5.4 million for a “missing” section of Munibung Road, $32 million for the Pennant Street, Cardiff, bridge and $120 million for new rail station at Glendale with a bus interchange.

The Pennant Street and Munibung Road works alone would generate net benefits of more than $98 million,with abenefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 3.8 and a net present value per dollar invested (NPVI) of 2.8.

With the $120 million of interchange spending added, the net benefits were almost $57 million, the BCR was 1.4 and theNPVI 0.4.

The report says the interchange would “supporthigher density for mixed-use retail,commercial [and]residential developments in local areas”, which was “expected to lead to higher land values for these developments”.

Measuring the impact of a full interchange with new land zonings, the authors found net benefits of $93.5 milion, a BCR of 1.7 and an NPVI of 0.65.

Detailed tables explaininghow the financial costs and benefits were arrived at showa dozen variables, including recurrent maintenance costs and various transport benefits, calculated upto 2047.

The report found building the Pennant Street bridge and extending Munibung Road would unlock about 90 hectares of development land and improve travel times for 16,000 vehicles a day, including 1500 heavy vehicles.

It said the project was “critical” to achieving the4890 more residents, 2740 new homes and 3800 extra jobs in “construction, retail, commercial and light industries” projected for Cardiff and Glendale by2300.

Lake council wants$26 million this year from the state and federal governments for the project.

TARGET: Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes has come under fire from her Liberal opponents on council in recent weeks. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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HERE is what I think is happening inside City Hall.

The first thing you need to know is that if allegations of bullyingand concerns about expenditure on overseas travel were part of Lisa Tierney’s motivation for quitting the council, I don’t think theywereher only motivation.

That doesn’t make sense. If you’re a politically-minded person worried about the direction of the council, wouldn’t you use your position to try to change that?

Isn’t that the whole reason people stand for elected government?

I would have liked to have asked Ms Tierney about this, but she didn’t return calls on Wednesday.

Even if the alleged bullying and overseas travel had become too much for her to bear witness to, the realityis that a lot of people in the Liberal Party have assumed for a while that she wasn’t going to run again.

She has a time-consuming job withCompass Housing and it’s maybe fair to say that, in that context, council wasn’t her first priority.

The low meeting attendance record across 2015and 2016kind of hints to that.

The second thing to consideris whetherher grievances with the Lord Mayor are genuine concerns,or whether it’s justsabre rattling by the Liberal councillors knowing that there’s an election later this year.

The answer, predictably, is both.

Warranted or not (and I have no idea whetherit is) Nuatali Nelmes has a reputation for being difficult to work with,andstories persist about staff not liking her.

Cr Nelmes, of course, denies this.

And the overseas travel is obviously all on the record. In this term Cr Nelmes has traveled toGeneva, the United States and Singapore.

Whether you think that’s something a lord mayor should be doing or not is probably a question for you.

But so what is at the heart of all this? What’s the real story?

This is one of those annoying times as a reporterwhen what youknow is not what youcan write.

But it’s probably OK for me to posit that the reason Cr Nelmes’ scandalous (and I say that with my tongue firmlyensconced in my cheek) $270(!) childcare billis on the front page of a certain Sydney-based News Corporation journal of recordhas less to do with like civic virtue or whatever and more to do with who certain people might like to be the next lord mayor of Newcastle.

And I can say this, too:there’s a reason Ms Tierney said she was “most concerned” about the hiring of a new chief executive.

So far what you’ve heard is that a random“elderly bloke” from Belmont told Alan Robinson that the selection process was rigged.

The reality is the Liberals –and others –believe there’s more to it than that.

The reason you haven’t read more about is that no one has any actual, you know,proof.

The office of local government is set to report on it as early as next week.

I guess we’ll all find out then.

Man on terror-related charges RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Picture: AFP.
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RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Photo: CRAIG THOMSON

RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Picture: AFP.

RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Photo: CRAIG THOMSON

RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Photo: CRAIG THOMSON

RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Photo: CRAIG THOMSON

TweetFacebookFORTY-TWO year old Haisem Zahab fromCherry Vale Place, Young, was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday.

Mr Zahab did not apply for bail when he appeared before Young Local Court on Tuesday afternoon, and it was formally refused by magistrate Peter Dare.

The 42-year-old Australian-born electrician has been charged withallegedly attemptingto the research, design, and model along-range missile and a guidance system for the missileand design a laser warning device for Islamic State.

Mr Dare said these charges carry life sentences.

Mr Zahab will be held in custody before appearingin the Paramatta Local Court on Wednesday, March 8, via audio-visual link.

The Commonwealth prosecutor Ms L Thompson would not confirm if the appearance via audio-visual linkwas for security reasons, only saying it was the instructions she had been given.

Man on terror-related chargeshttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd.net/transform/v1/crop/frm/PN5FxwRn32iFh8yVWdK38H/6c2eca18-3890-494c-b18a-6f84ce67bdab.jpg/r6_5_2395_1355_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgNSW: A 42-year-old man from Young will reappear in court on terrorism-related charges on Wednesday.terrorism, Australian Federal Police2017-03-01T10:00:00+11:00https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5342089417001https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5342089417001AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin saidthe alleged advice provided by Zahab was “fairly sophisticated and well-planned”.

“He wascharged with a number of offences which include two serious foreign incursion offences under the Commonwealth Criminal Code, which carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment,” he said.

“With these offences, we will allege that he has utilised the internet to perform services for ISIL, activities in the Syria and Iraq conflict, from Australia in the following ways.

“Firstly, by researching and designing a laser warning device to help warn against incoming guided munitions used by coalition forces in Syria and Iraq. And secondly, we will also allege that he has been researching, designing and modelling systems to assist ISIL’s efforts to develop their own long-range guided missile capabilities.”

Mr Colvin said the AFP will be alleging that the material that he was intending to provide to ISIL, and the research he was doing, was credible.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the AFPoperation didnot relate to any planned terrorist attack in Australia.

“This AFP operation highlights thatterrorism, support for terrorist groups, and Islamist extremism is not limited to our major cities,” he said.

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Newcastle trainer Kris Lees believes wet-track specialist Knit‘n’Purl will be the best of his four chances on Thursday at Hawkesbury of qualifying a second runner in the $400,000 Provincial Championships final.
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WET AND WILD: The Kris Lees-trained Knit’n’Purl, pictured winning on a heavy 10 surface at Randwick in August last year, will jump from barrier four on Thursday at Hawkesbury. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜生活南京桑拿

Princess Posh gave Lees a first runner in the April 8 final at Randwick with a third at Wyong last week in the first of five qualifiers.

He will have Knit‘n’Purl, Lomazzo, Reach For Heaven and Star Reflection vying for a top-three finish in the 1400-metre Hawkesbury race and others lined up for the March 15 Gosford, March 23 Kembla Grange and March 29 Newcastle qualifiers. Lees had the final quinella last year with Danish Twist and Powerline and trained eight of the 15 qualifiers.

Hawkesbury was rated a heavy 9 on Wednesday after more rain, which helpedKnit‘n’Purl sit second favourite with TAB Fixed Odds at $4.20.The four-year-old More Than Ready mare hasthree wins and two placings in eight starts on wet tracks and two victories from three runs on heavy going.

Lees said all of his runners had “a chance with the right run”but Knit‘n’Purl was the standout.

“She handles the wet and is probably the best chance,” Lees said.“She rarely runs a bad race.She’s a well-bred mare but she got injured early in her career and had a bit of time off, but she’s come back and this is her second prep back and she’s doing a good job.”

Passed in at $240,000 at the 2014 Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sales,Knit‘n’Purl won first-up for Lees at Newcastle as a two-year-old but washurt in a race atGrafton two starts later and hadbone fragments removed.She now has earned $137,020 in prizemoney and four wins in 13 starts.

Racing NSW reports:Lees will attempt to win Australia’s greatest 1600m race first-up with Sense Of Occasion.

Lees on Wednesday announced the gelding will go into the $3 million Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 1 during The Championships without a recent start.

He successfully employed a similar plan in winning the $250,000 group 2 Villiers Stakes with Sense Of Occasion over the Doncaster course on December 17 last year.The victory guaranteed the six-year-old a berth in the Doncaster.

Sense Of Occasion followed his Villiers’ triumph with a second to Red Excitement in the Gosford Gold Cupon January 13.He again showed his liking for rain-affected ground by winning a 1200m barrier trial at Wyong on Monday.

“I thought about starting Sense Of Occasion again before the Doncaster, but decided to run him first-up,” Lees said.“Obviously this is going to be a tougher assignment than the Villiers, but he races well fresh, so we’ll give it another try.”

Sense Of Occasion was eased after finishing fourth to Junoob in the City Tattersalls Cup (2400m) at Randwick on 15 October, and also won a 1200m Gosford trial 12 days before his barnstorming Villiers performance.

The gelding has been successful at three of his seven first-up runs.

Lees already holds a strong Doncaster hand with dual group 1 winner Le Romain, whichwill continue his campaign in Saturday’s group 1Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick.

Singing, whichalso trialled at Wyong on Monday, is likely to resume at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday week.

The French import’s career has been plagued by injury. He has raced only 18 times for four wins and six placings.

Singing hasn’t started since being injured when seventh to Sacred Master in the group 3 Newcastle Cup (2200m) on the Beaumont track on September 16.

He won a 1200m trial on Broadmeadow’s new course proper on January 25, and his trainer will be happy just to get him back to the races.

Guard Of Honour is back home after finishing 11th to Sheidel in last Saturday’s group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.

The three-year-old was forced to race wide from an awkward draw and, in the circumstances, ran creditably at his first start against older horses at racing’s elite level.

“At this stage, we’ll look to get him ready for a race toward the end of the Sydney autumn carnival,” Lees said.

SUBURB SNAPSHOTSteeped in history and towering over the harbour, The Hill is coveted for its grand Victorian residences, cosmopolitan lifestyle and views of the coast and city.
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About one kilometre from the CBD, the suburb was first known as Church Hill and then Prospect Hill. It was one of the earliest settled areas of Newcastle andthe site of the first townplanlaid out by Henry Dangar in 1823.

It is home to severaliconic sites, including Christ Church Cathedral, the convict burial ground and the Anzac Memorial Walk.

Newcastle’s most expensive homes can be found in the suburb; among them Jesmond House which sold for a record $7 million in 2008 and Bishopscourt, which sold for a rumoured $5 million in 2015.

Other magnificent properties include ‘Woodlands’ on Church Street and Pacific House on The Terrace.

LIFESTYLETrue to its name, homes in this suburb are perched on a steep gradient between the hill and the harbour. The majority are Victorian terraces but the western basinis dominated by units.

The suburb is expected to get a further injection of medium density housing whenNBN television vacates its studios on Mosbri Crescent.

LAVISH: Jesmond House sits atop The Hill and is Newcastle’s most expensive property. It sold for a record $7 million in 2008.

Within walking distance to the eateries on Darbyand Hunter Streets, The Hill also benefits from its proximity to Newcastle and Bar Beach.

The suburb’s residents are young –with amedian age of 31 –well paid and well educated. More than 40 per cent are professionals, nearly double the NSW average.

FROM THE EXPERTSThe Hill overlooks Newcastle’s CBD and is situated within walking distanceof dining, schools, beaches and the harbour. It is home to the iconic King Edward Park, a great spot for family picnics and the Obelisk which showcases a 360 degree viewof the city and Newcastle’s beaches.

HISTORIC: A house on The Terrace fronting King Edward Park. The suburb has been home to some of Newcastle’s most high profile residents.

Propertiesrange from apartments, townhouses, terrace-style homes and grand residences dating back to around the late 1800s. The current median price of houses in the area is approximately $1,100,000 and units approximately $485,000, allowing it to become an attractive location for investors and owner-occupiers.

-Presented by Scott Walkom, Walkom Real Estate

BRAND NEW CENTRE: The front entrance to the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre, which is almost ready to open to the public. A free community open day will be held on April 2.HAYBOROUGH – Get your goggles ready, the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre is set to open in less than a month.
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After decades of planning and investigation, followed by a 21-month construction period, the dream of an aquatic facility for Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor is soon to be realised.

The mayors of both councils are proud to announce that the highly anticipated aquatic facility will open on Saturday, March 25.

“After over 30 years of sustained demand, our communities will have the regional aquatic facility that they have been calling for,” Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes and Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said in a joint statement.

“Our councils have worked tirelessly together with the key project stakeholders to deliver this high quality facility on time and on budget, and we have achieved this for our communities.

“Our award-winning Fleurieu Aquatic Centre has been recognised nationally as a leading local government project with the unique collaboration between our two councils setting new standards for infrastructure delivery across council areas.”

To celebrate the milestonean official opening, which will include a free community open day, will take place on Sunday, April 2.

Fleurieu Aquatic Centre Authority chairperson David Cooke said the community open day was a chance to put the new facility on show.

“I am sure once the community sees the aquatic centre for themselves they will be blown away by the end result,” Mr Cooke said.

While plans for the celebration are still to be confirmed, community members are encouraged to put the date for the free community open day in their diaries.

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The Fleurieu Aquatic Centre project is a jointproject of the Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor.It received $7.5 million from the Federal government, $500,000 from the state government and a generous land donation from Beyond Today.

Both councils contributed $6.5 million to the project.

The centre has an eight-lane,25mlap swimming pool;multi-use rehabilitation, leisure andchildren’s pool;outdoor ‘splash and play’ park; fitness centre and creche.

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